I’ve alway had a love for smoothies, as long as I’ve owned a blender, frozen beverages have been in my life. There was a time I’m afraid to admit that they came from a bottle full of who knows what mixed with ice. Lately I’ve made them even better.
All summer long I stash away produce to be pulled out in the midst of winter when nothing in Wisconsin is fresh and summery. I have bags and bags of frozen berries, peaches, plums and tomatoes. Every day I pull a few pieces of perfectly ripe summer fruit from the freezer and put it in the blender. There it usually meets other fruit like banana, orange and yogurt.
But lately, oh lately, there’s been a new addition. Something you may scoff at and think I’m some crazy health hippie who should live in California(I’m so not). Spinach. Woah. Wait, don’t rule it out so fast. See here’s the thing, I envision the look on my fathers face when I tell him I made a smoothie with spinach in it and I’m pretty sure that’s the look you have right now. A spinach smoothie? From the queen of butter and sugar? But it’s good! So good! And so good for you.
I imagine a few years down the road, this being a phenomenal way to get greens into my little babe. You don’t taste the spinach. I promise! Yes the smoothie takes on an uncharacteristically greenish/brown hue. It may look like sludge, or mud, or something else we wont even begin to mention on a post about food. Don’t let it fool you! It’s still banana strawberry deliciousness. And with the addition of yogurt and spinach it actually makes for a satisfying lunch. I’ve had one of these every day for the past two weeks. And being that I’m currently breastfeeding a babe, I’m pretty much always hungry and this fills me up. Even my husband, the king of cheese pizza and cheeseburgers likes these!! So, go buy yourself some spinach and just do it. Make this smoothie. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Makes 1 large smoothie
This recipe is super versatile. You can pretty much swap in and out whatever you want. Raspberries, peaches, orange juice, pineapple. It’s all fair game so do what ever you want!
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 ripe banana
1 clementine, peeled
1 cup packed spinach leaves
1/2 cup yogurt of your choice
1/2 cup whole milk
1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink with a straw and enjoy!